Defeated Green Rupert Read says he will not stand for Europe again
PUBLISHED: 12:05 27 May 2014 | UPDATED: 12:22 27 May 2014
UEA lecturer Rupert Read has said he will not stand again for the European parliament after a second defeat at the polls.
His party came fourth in the overall vote share, but a surge in support for the UK Independence Party denied him a seat in the European parliament.
Dr Read said that while he will not stand again for the European parliament, he would still dearly like to become a Parliamentarian.
“Perhaps I will stand in a general election; and/or I would love to be in the upper house of Parliament at Westminster,” he said.
The philosophy lecturer at the UEA said that he wanted to leave the fight for Europe to younger Green activists.
The Green Party did gain a seat in the South West, and held seats in London and SouthEast.
The party also hit 20% of the vote share in Cambridge and Norwich. But it was not enough to push him over the line.
He launched a blistering attack on MEPs who did win seats claiming they were denying the “very reality of dangerous human-influenced climate chaos has done”.
Also turning his fire on “the tiny handful of multi-millionaires who bankroll UKIP and the Tories”, and the national media for giving them bucketloads of coverage while ignoring the rise in the Green Party standing in the polls during this campaign.
He said: “I hope that once people realise what UKIP actually stands for they will turn away from it in disgust, and turn to the Green Party, which offers a positive alternative to the old, failed parties.”
He added: “I am so grateful for all the warm words of so many Green voters from all over the Region – and for all the great work of Green Party activists – these past hours, weeks, months.
“I am gutted not to have been given the wonderful right to represent the East of England Region at the European Parliament. “I will never give up on politics or democracy.”